January 19, 2017

In final press conference, Obama tells media their work is critical if democracy is to function. “…you’re supposed to be skeptics, you’re supposed to ask me tough questions. You’re not supposed to be complimentary, but you’re supposed to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power.” http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/barack-obama-final-press-conference-media-democracy-essential-a7534451.html

Trump EPA nominee Pruitt has reportedly sued the agency and intervened on behalf of the fossil fuel industry. “Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) displayed a 2011 letter Pruitt sent to the EPA saying it had overestimated air pollution from natural gas drilling — a letter largely written by lawyers for Devon Energy, one of Oklahoma’s largest oil and gas companies.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/can-the-epas-main-antagonist-become-its-next-leader/2017/01/17/d24308ca-dcf7-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html

Donald Trump did not invent the slogan “Make American Great Again” – it was Ronald Reagan (or one of his speech writers).   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjkX_IBYQHw   Although Bill Clinton now claims the phrase contains hidden racism, he reportedly used it himself while campaigning, as recently as in 2008. “In a campaign ad for his wife in 2008, Mr. Clinton said, “It’s time for another comeback, time to make America great again.”  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/9/bill-clinton-vowed-to-make-america-great-again-in-/

Two die in clash over demolition of Bedouin homes in Israel, hundreds protest.   http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.765752  and  http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/135452-170118-hundreds-across-israel-protest-demolition-of-bedouin-village

Missing Kansas City college student was reportedly pulled over for improper lane change before disappearing.   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/toni-anderson-umkc-missing-college-student-vanished-after-being-pulled-over-kansas-city/

Man who ran fake news site and who brought the internet “BREAKING: “Tens of thousands” of fraudulent Clinton votes found in Ohio warehouse”, “Hillary Clinton Blames Racism for Cincinnati Gorilla’s Death”, “Early Morning Explosion in DC Allegedly Leaves Yet Another DNC Staffer Dead”, “NYPD Looking to Press Charges Against Bill Clinton for Underage Sex Ring”, “Protesters Beat Homeless Veteran to Death in Philadelphia”, and “Hillary Clinton Files for Divorce in New York Courts” was reportedly an aide to a Republican state legislator.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/aide-to-md-lawmaker-fabricated-article-on-hillary-clinton-rigging-the-election/2017/01/18/5219bd0c-ddd7-11e6-acdf-14da832ae861_story.html   and  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/us/fake-news-hillary-clinton-cameron-harris.html

Obama administration revises CIA rules on search and retention of information collected on Americans. “The new guidelines do not impose any requirement that C.I.A. officials obtain a warrant before using an American’s identifier to pull up nonpublic communications to, from or about that American, a step some lawmakers have proposed.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/us/politics/central-intelligence-agency-rules-data-president-obama-cia.html

Activist says Women’s March on Washington should have been named the People’s March.   https://www.salon.com/2017/01/18/the-womens-march-on-washington-is-misnamed-we-should-have-called-it-the-peoples-march-instead/   This article could also have been entitled, “Why the Democratic Party lost the election”.

Suspect in fatal shooting of Orlando police officer hospitalized after apparently being severely beaten by police during his arrest.  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/18/markeith-loyd-accused-cop-killer-arrested/

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sues largest student loan company for allegedly mishandling repayments. “At every stage of repayment, Navient chose to shortcut and deceive consumers to save on operating costs.”  http://www.businessinsider.com/cfpb-sues-student-loan-company-navient-2017-1

Pharmaceutical company agrees to pay $100 million to settle charges it bought rights to develop a competing drug in order to protect its monopoly and raise prices. “Questcor took advantage of its monopoly to repeatedly raise the price of Acthar, from $40 per vial in 2001 to more than $34,000 per vial today — an 85,000 percent increase.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/18/mallinckrodt-reaches-settlement-with-ftc-on-probe-linked-to-martin-shkreli-backed-lawsuit.html

Pittsburgh area shopping mall sells for $100 as vacancy rates around the country continue to increase. “According to The Street, the 1.1 million square-foot property was once valued at $190 million…”   http://www.businessinsider.com/shopping-mall-sells-for-just-100-2017-1

JP Morgan Chase reportedly agrees to pay $55 million mortgage discrimination settlement.   “…minorities were charged more for home loans than white borrowers with the same credit profile, paying tens of millions of dollars in additional mortgage costs, the complaint said.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-jpmorgan-lawsuit-idUSKBN1521TY

CIA posts declassified documents online. “Although all of the documents in Crest were part of the public record before Tuesday, they could only be inspected by visiting the National Archives in Maryland in person.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/18/cia-12-million-pages-declassified-documents-searchable-online

Comedian asks people which they prefer, Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. “I believe with Obamacare the premiums are too high, so I believe in the Affordable Care Act.”  http://fusion.net/story/381265/jimmy-kimmel-obamacare-aca/

No journalists allowed in Trump International Hotel during inauguration week. Hookers are probably protected by local ordinances however.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/18/ominous-trump-hotel-dc-bans-journalists-during-inauguration-week

Indigenous anti-logging activist reportedly assassinated in Mexico.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/18/mexican-goldman-environmentalist-prize-winner-killed-latest-attack-latin-american

Record temperatures recorded worldwide for third year in a row.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/18/2014-was-hottest-year-ever-recorded-then-it-was-2015-now-its-2016

Candidate for leadership of Democratic National Committee reportedly refuses to say whether or not he would accept contributions from corporations and lobbyists.   https://theintercept.com/2017/01/18/tom-perez-dnc/

Judge rules that government must release remaining Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse photos.  http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/us-must-release-abu-ghraib-photos-judge-says/

Oklahoma prosecutor drops charges against deaf motorist who was reportedly beaten by troopers after not obeying their commands.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/oklahoma-police-drop-case-against-deaf-man-who-cops-beat-for-resisting-orders-he-couldnt-hear/

Julian Assange’s lawyer says Obama’s commutation of Manning’s sentence is not the sort of clemency his client had in mind, extradition deal is off.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/assange-not-ready-to-be-extradited-chelsea-manning-clemency-does-not-meet-our-conditions/

Hospitalized protester reported set himself on fire in front of Trump International Hotel. “…we’ve elected someone who is completely incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/anti-trump-protester-hospitalized-after-setting-himself-on-fire-in-front-of-trumps-dc-hotel/

Rikers Island jail reportedly shackling prisoners to desks for 7 hours a day. “You are either in your cell or you are chained to a desk.”  Jail officials say inmates get one hour of recreation and are not shackled while showering.  http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/new-york-corrections-head-defends-chaining-rikers-inmates-to-desks-for-7-hours-a-day/

New wave of bomb threats hits 27 Jewish community centers in 17 states.   http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.765875

Turkey refuses to admit New York Times journalist.   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/turkey-deports-york-times-correspondent-170118091705338.html

Obama refuses to release indigenous activist Leonard Peltier. ““We are deeply saddened by the news that President Obama will not let Leonard go home,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA.”    https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/18/breaking_leonard_peltier_denied_clemency_by

January 19, 2017

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